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Ipswich seniors' club encourages you to test skills

STAY CONNECTED: Ipswich City Bridge Club players at the Ipswich Humanities Centre.
STAY CONNECTED: Ipswich City Bridge Club players at the Ipswich Humanities Centre. David Nielsen

SENIORS in Ipswich should never be bored with life.

Looking around there is a plethora of places to go and things to do that it would be impossible to attend everything that this city has to offer our seniors.

I have spoken about a range of topics available through U3A over the past couple of weeks that can keep you active and involved.

Another organisation that also caters to our older community is the "60 and Better" program. Funded by the State Government and supported by the Ipswich City Council the 60 and Better program is a healthy ageing initiative based on a philosophy of community development, which includes the principles of access, equity, rights and participation.

This means working with the older members of the community to help them identify their physical, social and emotional health needs.

The program encourages community ownership with priorities for action determined by the program's participants.

The focus of the program is that it is run by older people for older people.

Whilst anyone can participate in the program those who do are encouraged to become members. 60 and Better is aimed at those people 50 years and older and at a membership fee of only $15 per annum it is great value given the program of events listed on their web page.

According to coordinator Anne Bertram, it is all about "keeping people connected to their community through participation".

"Our program is for people, by people," Anne said.

The program provides a range of events to suit all tastes from Bridge to Chess, from Square Dancing to Gentle Exercise, from Tai Chi for Health to Table Tennis and an art group.

They even have discussions on 'Cooking for One' with lots of recipes.

Other events include a Prostate Support Group, a concert group and members get involved in social outings to various venues.

Maybe you would be interested in Art Therapy.

Art Therapy takes you on a journey of self-discovery using the creative process. Somewhere for you to explore, discover, share and play in a safe and supportive space.

No art skill is necessary and all art materials are supplied.

If art is not for you, then perhaps yoga is more up your alley.

According to Anne 60 and Better is looking for more people to join in and learn to play bridge or chess.

Even if you know nothing about these activities there are beginner's classes that will teach you how to play.

For more information about the 60 and Better program and how you can get involved contact the Coordinator Anne Bertram at 60 and Better by Phoning 3282 8644 during office hours.

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